HHS invests nearly $115 million to combat the opioid crisis in rural communities

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded about $25 million to 80 award recipients in 36 states and 2 U.S. territories as part of the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP).

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded about $25 million to 80 award recipients in 36 states and 2 U.S. territories as part of the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP). The program is a multi-year effort to reduce the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder (SUD) and opioid use disorder (OUD) in high-risk rural communities. Building on HRSA's RCORP awards made in August, the new awards contribute to a total fiscal year 2020 investment of almost $115 million. "We are excited to celebrate these awards during National Recovery Month," said HRSA Administrator Tom Engels. "RCORP-Planning will continue to help rural communities build the coalitions needed to fight opioid use disorder, and RCORP-NAS will provide needed funding to rural residents grappling with the opioid epidemic to help many people reach recovery." For the new awards, HRSA's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy awarded close to $15 million to 30 recipients through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Additionally, $10 million is being awarded to 50 recipients to boost the capacity of rural communities to provide SUD/OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services to high-risk populations, through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Planning.